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July 7, 2003

Vol.189 / No.1
The Word
Dianne Bergant July 07, 2003

Last week we reflected on the arduous role of the prophets We also considered the possibility that we might be called to bear a burden similar to theirs Today rsquo s readings leave no doubt in our minds We are all indeed called in some way to ldquo prophesy to my people rdquo We might be star

It scarcely needs repeating that the future of Catholicism in the United States will be shaped by Hispanics, who at 34 million are already the most numerous minority in the country and constitute a majority of Catholics in many dioceses. The religious affiliation of these Hispanics will largely dete

Editorials
The Editors July 07, 2003

Generations of college freshmen have puzzled over the ancient notion of the “noble lie.” “If anyone at all is to have the privilege of lying,” Socrates suggests in Plato’s Republic, “the rulers of the state should be the persons; and they, in their dealings either

Letters
Our readers July 07, 2003

War Theory

This letter is in reference to Unjust War, Good Outcomes (5/19), by John F. Kavanaugh, S.J. The recondite philosophical analysis of just war theory in the case of Iraq ranks close behind the angels dancing on the pin issue. Why not ask how many Iraqis need to be raped

Books
Brennan O July 07, 2003

In the winter of 1951-52 Caroline Gordon had a vision of the triumph of Catholic writing in the United States Flannery O rsquo Connor rsquo s novel Wise Blood which Gordon had recently read in proof was about to be published A manuscript novel sent to her by a Louisiana convert seemed even more

Patrick J. Schiltz July 07, 2003

Since early 2002, the legal world has become much more dangerous for the church than it was previously. The future looks bleak because of three major developments in the sexual abuse crisis. The first major development is that more sexual abuse cases will be filed against the churchthat is, the numb

The Word
Dianne Bergant July 07, 2003

The Roman Catholic Church has a long tradition of characterizing its leaders as shepherds The bishop rsquo s or abbot rsquo s crosier despite any ornate decoration really represents the shepherd rsquo s crook This characterization can also be seen in many liturgical prayers and some theological